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Trails Lead to Community Success in Rio Grande Valley Region: The Caracara Trails

The Caracara is a native to the southern regions of Texas. With its black wings, white-speckled neck, and orange face, they’re distinct features give them a beautiful and powerful demeanor when stumbled upon in their ecosystem. Rare in the United States, the lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas is…
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April 1, 2021

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A New Funding Opportunity: Collaborative Innovations for Community Health

Health disparities are a painful reality across the state and a direct result of unfair policies and structures. It’s well past time for taking direct efforts to rebuild a more equitable world. It’s Time Texas (ITT), in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), presents Collaborative Innovations…
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March 29, 2021

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Community Challenge Talk: Meet Ten Inspiring Texans

Year after year, one of the things we love most about the Community Challenge is the incredible sense of camaraderie. When you’re working hard at something, it can help to know that you’re not alone in what you’re trying to accomplish. Here, participants in the 2020 Community Challenge talk about…
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February 18, 2020

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Championing Health in New Braunfels, Texas: An Interview with Micaeli Smith

As the Physical Education, Health & Wellness Coordinator for Comal ISD, Micaeli Smith supports coordinated school health and other wellness initiatives in her city of New Braunfels. A tireless health advocate and user of the Build Healthier suite of tools, she’s leading the charge to start a local Mayor’s Health…
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May 17, 2019

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Be Well Baytown: Putting Knowledge Into Action

Baytown, TX is the first stop in our free Building Healthier Communities workshop series for Texans seeking more effective ways to collaborate for community health. As the inaugural site for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Be Well Communities initiative, it is also home to a comprehensive place-based…
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May 17, 2019

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Keep Up The #CommunityChallenge Momentum: Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Year-Round

The #CommunityChallenge is over, and over 25,000 Texans formed new healthy habits during the Challenge. From exercising more, eating healthier foods, to drinking more water you worked hard to transform health across Texas. Don’t let that hard work go to waste! Use the tips below to maintain a healthy lifestyle…
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March 6, 2019

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Community Engagement Matters

When it comes to building a stronger Austin, community engagement is key. – By Jose Rodriguez, Stronger Austin Intern, Spring 2019 Stronger Austin’s commitment to community engagement is in the mission statement of the It’s Time Texas program: “Driven by community input, Stronger Austin’s founding partners joined together with Austin…
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February 28, 2019

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Ideas to Create a Healthy Community

The #CommunityChallenge is about building a healthy community, but doesn’t work without the involvement of the hardworking people! You don’t have to be the mayor to engage the people around you, you just need to be passionate about practicing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the small ways that…
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February 12, 2019

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Setting SMART New Year’s Resolutions

With 2019 just around the corner, you might be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Is getting healthy on the list? How about losing weight or exercising more? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that resolutions to lose weight and get healthy are some of the most popular. Unfortunately,…
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December 27, 2018

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IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge: Five Winning Strategies to Help Your Community Rise to the Top

Does your community have all systems ready to be successful in the 2019 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge?! To help your community be successful, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips from previous winners. Keep reading for strategies that your community can use to boost engagement and motivate participants! Work with…
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December 3, 2018

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A Healthy Win to Celebrate Choose Healthier

What would you do with $500? Maybe take a road trip with your friends or family? What about groceries? Or even that gym membership that you’ve had on your list? The options are ENDLESS! To celebrate the expansion of our Choose Healthier app, we are giving away $500 to one…
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July 17, 2018